Father of woman executed alongside eight relatives by Mexican drug cartel reveals two nephews were murdered and another kidnapped by drug lords 10 years ago – as he blasts the killers for stoking terror in their Mormon community
- Adrián LeBaron on Tuesday blasted the Mexican drug cartel for trying to stoke terror in the Mormon community
- His daughter and grandchildren were among nine LeBaron family members killed in border state of Sonora on Monday
- Adrián’s daughter Rhonita Maria LeBaron and four of her children, including her six-month-old twins, a 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, were killed
- Another two mothers, Rhonita Maria LeBaron and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as Dawna’s sons, aged 11 and three, were also all killed
- Adrián said it was the second time his family and members of the break-away church had been targeted by cartel gunmen in northern Mexico
- Two of his nephews – Benjamin LeBaron and Luis Widmar Stubbs – were killed and another, Eric LeBaron, was kidnapped back in 2009
Adrián LeBaron’s daughter Rhonita Maria LeBaron (above together) and four of her children were killed in the Mexican border state of Sonora on Monday
The father of one of three American women executed by a Mexican cartel says two of his nephews were also murdered by drug lords 10 years ago and another was kidnapped.
Adrián LeBaron on Tuesday blasted the Mexican cartel for trying to stoke terror in the Mormon community in the wake of Monday’s grisly attack on his daughter and grandchildren in the Mexican border state of Sonora.
The nine victims, who all belong to the LeBaron family, were massacred by cartel gunmen while traveling in a convoy of three SUVs along a dirt road.
Authorities say the gunmen ambushed their vehicles as the family traveled from the La Mora religious community where they live, which is a decades-old settlement founded as an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Adrián’s daughter Rhonita Maria LeBaron and four of her children, including her six-month-old twins, a 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, were gunned down.
Benjamin LeBaron (left) and Luis Widmar Stubbs (right), who are members of the same Mormon community as the family killed on Monday by a Mexican cartel, were also murdered by drug lords 10 years ago
Another two mothers, Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as Dawna’s sons, aged 11 and three, were also all killed.
Eric LeBaron, who was 16 at the time, was kidnapped in May 2009 by a drug cartel. His family turned down a $1 million ransom demand and Eric was eventually freed
Speaking from the scene where his daughter and grandchildren were murdered, Adrián told DailyMail.com that the cartel gunmen ‘killed innocent people to teach fear’.
He said it was the second time his family and members of the break-away church had been targeted by cartel gunmen in northern Mexico.
Two of his nephews were killed and another was kidnapped back in 2009.
Eric LeBaron, who was 16 at the time, was kidnapped in May 2009. His kidnapping sparked protests about lawlessness in the region. His family turned down a $1 million ransom demand and Eric was eventually freed.
Months later, Eric’s brother Benjamin LeBaron and brother-in-law Luis Widmar Stubbs were murdered.
Benjamin, who was an anti-crime activist, was killed in retaliation for speaking out publicly about his younger brother’s abduction, according to his relatives.
He was kidnapped in the middle of the night by a group who had tied his hands and threw him onto a truck.
At least three American mothers and six children from a Mormon community based in northern Mexico have been massacred in an attack blamed on drug cartel gunmen. Maria Rhonita Miller was killed along with her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana (left and right), her 10-year-old daughter Krystal (left) and 12-year-old son Howard (center)
Family members say Rhonita Maria LeBaron (left) was driving to Phoenix on Monday with her four children to pick up her husband and then return to Mexico to celebrate their wedding anniversary. She was killed along with her twin six-month-old babies, Titus and Tiana, (right) her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and 12-year-old son Howard.
His brother-in-law and neighbor, Luis, had tried to help him. He was beaten and then thrown on the truck as well.
Both Benjamin and Luis were later found dead in a cemetery. They had both been shot in the back of the head.
‘They are isolated events. But these are the bad spirits of bad people wanting control. It an evil energy, force, that exists in our surroundings and it is the second time they’ve killed (one) of us,’ Adrián said.
‘It is not an attack against our community, what we have here is a protest. They are making a statement and I do not know towards who. However, they killed my daughter with that purpose.
‘There is an incredible evil here. I do not know what you call this. If they are using us to make a statement. I do not know who it’s for. One cartel towards another.’
He called the attack of his daughter and grandchildren ‘premeditated’.
‘There is no mistake here. Here they killed innocent people to teach fear,’ he said.
‘Just as in 2009, we did not want to pay a ransom, we have never accepted when they harass you, when they extort you. I do not tell that group, I’m telling any group that exists in our Mexico that we do not give in.’
A video posted on social media showed the charred and smoking remains of one of the vehicles riddled with bullet holes that was apparently carrying the victims when the attack happened
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